The oak tree family is made up of hundreds of species. As a landscaping tree they make great shade trees, have great fall color and form the framework of your yard. This hardwood species has been a staple tree in our society for centuries. The majestic White Oak (latin name: Quercus alba) is the state tree of Illinois and was named America's National Tree in 2004. Oak trees can live well over 200 years and provide hundreds of benefits including lumber, food and shelter for wildlife. Oaks are hosts to birds, bees and over 500 species of butterflies and moths.
Most oaks have a growing range that extends north to zone 5, which makes them ideal for planting in our Midwestern yards. They are large trees so when planting them, make sure they will have room to grow both up and out. A planting site for many trees in the oak family should have enough space for a 60-70 ft. tall tree that is 60-70 ft. wide as well. Oaks can adapt to most soil conditions and generally like full sun. Now is the perfect time to plant as we head into cooler temperatures. The trees will acclimate faster and be ready to protect you from those winter winds.
Oaks Trees: Perfect for the Home Landscape
We have several varieties of Oak trees available to plant right now. The majestic White Oak and Swamp White Oak (latin name: Quercus bicolor) both grow 60-70ft tall and wide and are definitely worthwhile trees for larger areas. The rich red burgundy fall color of the White Oak is paralleled by the yellow to reddish bronze fall color of the Swamp White Oak. Another oak in our inventory, perfect for the home landscape, is American Dream Swamp White Oak (latin name: Quercus bicolor ‘JFS-KW12’). It is a cultivar that is smaller in size that growing only to 40-50 ft tall and 30-40 ft wide, drought tolerant and adaptable to our clay compacted soil.
The Red Oak (latin name: Quercus rubra) is a picturesque oak for use as lawn or street tree. With a fast to medium growth rate, russet red fall color and tolerance of urban settings it makes a perfect parkway tree and an ideal replacement for the Ash trees lost to Emerald Ash Borer.
The stately narrow Regal Prince Columnar Oak (latin name: Quercus x warei ‘Long’) will fit into any size landscape. Growing only 40-50 ft tall by 12-15- ft wide it is one of the smaller oaks. It has glossy green foliage with a silvery underside, is disease resistant and tolerant of many soils. Regal Prince Columnar Oak is the perfect addition to any landscape.
To think the mighty oak tree has grown from a very small acorn for centuries. Come see us and we’ll help you get a jump on the acorn with our excellent nursery stock and you can add this majestic tree to your landscape!
Ode To That Oak Tree
Poem by Josh Brabender
I look back and think of that good oak tree,
and remember he stood strong as he’d hold me.
I was anything in that tree; all I’d do was pretend.
Clear into the night, ‘til I made my descend.
Just me and that tree, those were the days.
When we’d kick back, relax and soak up the sun’s rays.
Me and him, we protected each other.
He blocked the rain, I stopped the carve of my brother.
I had times I was sad and couldn’t have a good time.
That tree said cheer up, all it take’s is one climb.
If I was mad, he gave me acorns to throw,
and I’d hit people with ‘em, ones I do or don’t know.
Posted on 8/27/2015 at 10:47:00 AM